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NCI Drug Dictionary


carbon C 13 dextromethorphan 
A radioconjugate consisting of dextromethorphan, a synthetic, methylated dextrorotatory analogue of levorphanol, conjugated with carbon-13 [(13)C] with radiotracer activity. (13)C-dextromethorphan can be used in a breath-test phenotype assay of CYP2D6 activity, based on the principle that CYP2D6-mediated O-demethylation cleaves a (13)CH3 that enters the body's carbon pool to be eliminated ultimately as (13)CO2 in expired air, which can be measured. The (13)C-dextromethorphan breath test may prove useful in identifying poor CYP2D6 metabolizers of such important clinical drugs as tamoxifen. Check for active clinical trials or closed clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Synonym:Carbon C-13 Dextromethorphan